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Nutrition Tips Winter 2015

Children who have meals with their family not only eat better and are healthier; they learn to socialize and do better in school. Family meals give a time and place to keep up with what is going on with everyone, help each other out, and tell family stories. Enjoying family meals help to keep food in its place as only one of life's great pleasures. Pay attention to the food and enjoy it when it is time to eat, forget about it between times. A rushed morning without breakfast can make eating well challenging. Try these quick breakfast ideas: A long afternoon commute can make eating well challenging. Pack a snack for the afternoon before your ride so you aren’t over hungry when you get home. Healthy food choices at home and at school can help students do better in school and be healthier over all. Part of learning about healthy eating is practicing. If your children’s’ school does not teach food preparation, ask your school administration how you can help to support offering classes. Snack foods like chips, candy, and pop fill children up, but don’t supply any of the nutrition they need to grow and learn. These foods should not be offered in school. Help the school community council and school administration in your children’s school to promote healthy foods in the school.

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Second annual CQI Award

Mark Pettitt, Quality of Care Coordinator for Sun Country Health Region, is pleased to announce the winners of the second annual Dave Galloway CQI Award for the entire region.

The award will be presented on Thursday, June 1 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Estevan at 2 p.m. in the auditorium.

This year's winners are members of the staff involved with laundry services at St. Joseph's Hospital and Estevan Regional Nursing Home who developed the "Traveling with the Towel" initiative.

The plan was to trace the steps that occur from the time a towel is used by a resident, to when it is washed and returned to the resident, to examine real and potential laundry problems. The same process was followed for personal laundry.

"This is a wonderful example of how an organization can make meaningful and sustainable quality improvements in its operations," says Mark.

"Solutions and plans were discussed and many of the ideas generated by staff have been implemented. Employees at every level were involved and it was evident that there was a shared desire to make laundry services better," he says.

Mark sends his congratulations to everyone involved.

The award is in honour of Dave Galloway, the former director of facilities and communications for the region. He passed away in March of 2004.

It recognizes an individual, project, or team that exemplifies CQI in an extraordinary way.

"Dave had a passion for making the health care system better," says Mark.

"He had a great ability to bring apparently difficult work or CQI issues down to a common sense perspective," he says.

Media: For more information, please call Mark Pettitt, Quality of Care Coordinator, at 634-0400 or 842-8739. You are welcome to attend the event for pictures and cake.

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